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Bridlington Area Walks

The table below contains information on all walks centred in the bridlington area. Click on any walk's name or reference code to see more details on the walk, including photos and a route map.

 

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E16 - South Landing
Summary
Walk Name
South Landing
Ref
E16
Take a pleasant cliff top walk before strolling along some field headlands and minor roads.
Details
Circular Walk
Yes
Grade
Moderate
Walk Type
  • Coast and Beach Walks
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
301
Car Parking Facility
South Landing
Refreshments
Pubs in Flamborough
Public Conveniences
Flamborough, North Landing
Distance
Distance (Miles)
4
Distance (Kilometres)
6.4
Lengthened Distance (Miles)
4
Shortened Distance (Miles)
4
Description
  • You can either walk down to South Landing itself, or walk eastwards from the car park and then southwards to the cliff top. 
  • From South Landing, follow the cliff top path with its fine views towards Bridlington and over Bridlington Bay.  Cross two ravines to Old Fall, the name given to the section of the cliff.  As always, stop whenever you like to admire the view or to try to identify some of the wild flowers. 
  • At Old Fall, follow the field headland path past Old Fall Plantation.  Both the plantation and the old hedgerow are especially important resting places for migratory birds.
  • Upon reaching the road, you may walk to the lighthouse area for refreshments or to view Selwicks Bay.  Either catch a bus back to Flamborough or stroll along the footway by the roadside.  To the north you can see the caravan site at Thornwick Bay and the 'Caravelle' complex at North Landing. This is a very windswept part of the headland, which explains why the bushes and trees are so bent. 
  • At Flamborough, follow the signs back to South Landing.
Map(s)
Location
Start Point
Flamborough or South Landing
End Point
Flamborough or South Landing
Towns & Villages
Flamborough and Marton
ParishFlamborough
Start Easting
523,039.00
Start Northing
469,498.00
End Easting
523,039.00
End Northing
469,498.00
Further Information
Features of Interest
-  Although normally quiet, you may catch sight of that animal called the 'twitcher' - more commonly known as the birdwatcher!  When a rare bird is sighted, 'twitchers' travel from all parts of Britain to view it.  For example, in 1991, three rare birds were spotted.  One was a 5'' Desert Warbler, a native of the Middle and Far East. Only six have ever been officially recorded in Britain.  At about the same time, a dark brown Dusty Warbler was seen at Danes Dyke and a Siberian Chat was seen near the lighthouse. The result was an influx of 'twitchers' armed with cameras and binoculars all trying to spot one of the elusive little birds. 
 
-  In the fields to the east of Old Fall Plantation was a tumulus (burial mound) on Crossbow Hill.  Unfortunately this 5,000-year old mound had no legal protection and has, like many others, been ploughed out. 
 
-  Along the road to Flamborough, look at the fields for signs of the medieval ridge and furrow farming technique.  This dates from the time when the fields around this part of Flamborough were farmed in the old open field strip system.  Each man would have had a number of strips to work in different vast fields.  The modern field layout is the result of the Enclosure Awards of the 1700s where land was given in blocks proportionate to how many strips a man had. 
 
-  You can see that the village of Flamborough is situated in a natural hollow, sheltering it from the cold northerly winds.  At Flamborough, you'll pass Mereside and North Mere Green.  Until 1938, this was a large mere, or pond, and children sailed their boats on it in summer and skated on it in winter.  The donkeys used for hauling the fish catch up the slope at North Landing were grazed here after it was filled.  Every fisherman had one, giving numbers of around 100 at the village.  Two old men charged one shilling a week to care for a donkey all year long.  Grass verges were also used around the village. 
Accessibility Information
This route:- 
 
-  contains some steep slopes. 
 
-  contains steps but no other barriers. 
 
-  contains a mixture of stiles and gates (stiles are to be removed in the future). 
 
-  crosses at least one road. 
 
-  may involve walking through planted crops. 
 
-  contains some uneven surfaces. 
Additional Information
-  The South Sea Plantation is an important nesting site for migrating birds so please keep dogs and young children under control.